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Are you standing in the gap for someone today? Is it for a family member, a friend, a coworker, or perhaps a stranger? The term, “Standing in the gap” is more associated with Biblical references.
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV) Essentially, when the wall of the city was breached, vulnerable to destruction, the only way to secure the city was for people to risk their lives by physically standing in the gaps of the wall to fight the enemy.
But today, I think about standing in the gap for innocent people and for those who are vulnerable to challenges that are tough to deal with on their own. Many times this type of breach may not be in a physically destructible way, but the spiritual aspects of it can be devastating. Sometimes people ask you to stand in the gap by praying for them, particularly when they are going through grief and other life-altering occurrences. We show our support through our love, empathy, actions, and compassion. Sometimes our strength and support, when we stand in the gap, can empower the person we are there for and form a “united front” to defeat or at least make those destructive and challenging forces, back down.
Think about what you can do to stand in the gap for someone who truly needs a support system with a defense mechanism they didn’t know they had. Trust me, all of us need someone to stand in the gap for us too at some point and time. That time could be right now.